After several years of constant advocating and lobbying towards changes in the educational law in Bulgaria, finally the National Assembly has adopted the new Law on Education in which health education is specifically mentioned as part of a new educational area called “Civic, health and intercultural education”.
This is a small step towards equal access to CSE for all young people in Bulgaria and yet very significant victory for all hard-working and tireless experts, NGOs and activists who did not give up all those years despite the changing governments, ministers and national priorities. However, the hard work is just beginning now when we shall ensure that adequate educational standards are being developed for the health education in school. Even though it is part of the law now, still we shall keep promoting widely the need of health education in order to make sure it becomes part of each school’s curricula in the years to come.
The alliance of organizations in Bulgaria will keep working with the Ministry of education and the parliamentarians to ensure relevant CSE experts are actively included in the standards development working group appointed by the Minister of education Hearing in the Parliament is on its way to bring the dialogue to another level and to give opportunity to leading experts and activists to convince decision makers that CSE should become an integral part of each school’s curricula and relevant education shall be offered to teachers in order to meet the international standards for interactive CSE.
The ACT!2015 alliance in Bulgaria will continue working hard towards achieving that goal!
“We are very excited that we are part of that coming change and work in such a good partnership with all stake holders.”
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